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Rational use  –  Health care

Set up a program

A five step project management process is used here to guide health care facilities to begin or strengthen their work on rational use of antibiotics. The process can be applied anywhere however, interventions should always be adapted to local setting.

A variety of examples are provided to showcase the steps involved and different options to improve antibiotic use. Guidelines set by national-level authorities may exist and when possible should be consulted and incorporated into programs at the facility level. Read through all the steps for a comprehensive picture of the work that lies ahead: Engage, Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate. Ideally, the cycle should be continuously worked through, but the Toolbox can also be used to pick and choose individual materials that best fit your needs.

Overview diagram of the five step project managment process described in the text
Figure 1. Five step project management cycle.